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  • The Pathfinders

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  • The Gang

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  • The Maniacs

    3 16.67%
  • The Avengers

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  • Die Neun Neun Neuners

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    Vote: Mystery Draft Test Team

    So in the mystery draft every player is given a test team and they must select 3 players from that team as well as one from every other Test team (zim/bangladesh combined) All the players had to have debuted after 1989

    Who do you think has the best?

    Somerset XI - Somerset

    Mark Richardson
    Gary Kirsten
    Michael Vaughan
    Mahela Jayawardene
    Andy Flower (+)
    Mike Hussey
    VVS Laxman
    Daniel Vettori
    Shane Bond
    Ian Bishop
    Shabbir Ahmed

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    Sanath Jayasuriya
    Mark Taylor
    Rahul Dravid
    Brian Lara
    Murray Goodwin
    Alec Stewart (+)
    Brian McMillan
    Chris Cairns
    Harbhajan Singh
    Javagal Srinath
    Waqar Younis

    The Pathfinders - bagapath

    Matthew Hayden
    Shahid Afridi
    Ramnaresh Sarwan
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Kevin Pietersen
    Adam Gilchrist (+)
    Tatenda Taibu
    Mitchell Johnson
    Ajantha Mendis
    Dale Steyn
    Simon Doull

    The Gang - Nnanden

    Stephen Fleming
    V Sehwag
    Ricky Ponting
    Mohammad Yousuf
    JP Duminy
    Jimmy Adams (+)
    M Mahmudallah
    Andrew Flintoff
    Chaminda Vaas
    Nuwan Kulasekara
    Rangana Herath

    The Maniacs - Matt79

    Andrew Strauss
    Ross Taylor
    Younis Khan
    Inzamam-ul-Haq
    Thilan Samaraweera
    MS Dhoni (+)
    Dwayne Bravo
    Shaun Pollock
    Shakib al Hasan
    Shoaib Akhtar
    Glenn McGrath

    The Avengers - Athlai

    Graeme Smith
    Marcus Trescothick
    Jesse Ryder
    Sourav Ganguly
    Dave Houghton
    Shiv Chanderpaul
    Matt Prior (+)
    Brett Lee
    Darren Gough
    Muttiah Muralitharan
    Mohammad Asif

    Die Neun Neun Neuners - Jamee999

    Saeed Anwar
    Michael Atherton
    Kumar Sangakkara (+)
    Chris Gayle
    Nathan Astle
    Wavell Hinds
    Habibul Bashar
    Shane Warne
    Anil Kumble
    Mervyn Dillon
    Allan Donald

    The Warriors - mettalics_2006

    Gautham Gambhir
    Justin Langer
    Marvan Atapattu
    Jacques Kallis
    Graham Thorpe
    AB de Villiers (+)
    Craig McMillan
    Heath Streak
    Fanie de Villiers
    Darren Sammy
    Saqlain Mushtaq
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    Matt79's or Jamee's.
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    This was my analysis of my side from the Mystery Draft topic:

    Stengths:
    A stonewalling opening pair with Richardson and Kirsten to take the shine off the new ball.
    Quality batting right down to number seven with three batsmen averaging more than 50 in test matches.
    All three fast bowlers with top records and should complement each other nicely.
    Even though I was awarded New Zealand as my team theres no real standout weak player with all three Kiwis excellent test players, and a minnow whos anything but that.

    Weaknesses:
    Reasonably inexperience pace attack led by Bishop.
    Vettori's useful but theres better spinners around with healthier records.
    No real fifth bowling option - Mike Hussey or Mahela Jaywardene don't come close to qualifying so Michael Vaughan's our next best.
    Laxman at seven might be too low in the order for a player of his status.

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    To be honest I considered voting for Bagapath's side as I liked the mix of players hes included; but can't go past Matt's side and he gets my vote.

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    I'd have to go with the batting strength of Bagapaths team. Just simply too good for any of the bowling attacks they'd face.


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    Jamee's if the matches were played on pitches that took spin. On tracks without assistance for the spinners, I think Donald would be manful but lacking support.

    Probably go Bagapath's just as Steyn and Johnson would be lethal in helpful conditions, Mendis would be a handful, and a batting order of Hayden, Tendulkar, Pietersen and Gilly is pretty intimidating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    I'd have to go with the batting strength of Bagapaths team. Just simply too good for any of the bowling attacks they'd face.
    Reckon McGrath, Pollock and Akhtar would give them some pause tbh. [/shameless lobbying]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    Reckon McGrath, Pollock and Akhtar would give them some pause tbh. [/shameless lobbying]
    Though those three would have nothing over Bishop, Bond and Shabbir at the Basin Reserve.

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    Bagapath's team has the strongest batting lineup, but a poor bowling attack. Enough to put one to sleep watching them try to roll over the opposition.

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    Bagpath's team gets my vote for following reasons :

    Very strong middle order

    All 4 different type of bowlers, there is no evenness in the attack and that can be really handy!
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    Like Matt's bowling an awful lot and any potential weakness in the top order is offset to some extent by having a long batting lineup with Pollock & Shakib at 8&9.

    Somers has a great batting line up (maybe too much so with Laxman at 7) but the bowling looks light and no real back up from the batsman except Mick's occasional offies.

    Athers has nice depth to his batting with a quality 4-man attack, but maybe lacks an absolute superstar in his middle order with Ryder-Ganguly-Houghton solid but not spectacular. This is offset by Chanders & Prior at 6&7 with Lee adding length to the order at #8.

    The Warriors have a lot of quality bowling options, but maybe lack a top notch first change seamer to support de Villiers & Streak; Kallis no mug tho, obv.

    Think Charter 77 take the honours tho. Brian McMillian is a great 4th seamer to have & him & Cairns at 7&8 is lovely depth. Jayasuriya a more than handy 2nd spin option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Like Matt's bowling an awful lot and any potential weakness in the top order is offset to some extent by having a long batting lineup with Pollock & Shakib at 8&9.

    Somers has a great batting line up (maybe too much so with Laxman at 7) but the bowling looks light and no real back up from the batsman except Mick's occasional offies.

    Athers has nice depth to his batting with a quality 4-man attack, but maybe lacks an absolute superstar in his middle order with Ryder-Ganguly-Houghton solid but not spectacular. This is offset by Chanders & Prior at 6&7 with Lee adding length to the order at #8.

    The Warriors have a lot of quality bowling options, but maybe lack a top notch first change seamer to support de Villiers & Streak; Kallis no mug tho, obv.

    Think Charter 77 take the honours tho. Brian McMillian is a great 4th seamer to have & him & Cairns at 7&8 is lovely depth. Jayasuriya a more than handy 2nd spin option.
    Missed out on Laxman which killed my batting plan a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G.I.Joe View Post
    Enough to put one to sleep watching them try to roll over the opposition.
    I think that is a dig at my usual take on kallis!

    guys! thanks for all the 9 votes. makes me feel good. but the team is coming third in the simulated series so far.

    i have never ever done anything in my life that even borders on what i am compelled to do here. i feel like voting for my own team. and i am very embarrassed about it. please dont think I am a self obsessed prick. i dont love the team (or myself). but i am not able to vote for any other combination above this. I like many other teams especially warriors and avengers. but still feel the mix is pretty good in pathfinders. of course, it is not translating into victories but that is a different issue. so gentlemen, dont abuse me and please let me vote for my own team.

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    FTR I'm not overly convinced with bagapath's bowling. Johnson, Steyn & Mendis are all players who're still carving their names and Doull and Afridi are solid rather than spectacular. Afridi opeining seems a bit of a fudge too.

    Think my opinion of Steyn is tarnished because he's invariably ordinary versus England.

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